About the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant)
The CDBG program was created in 1974 with the purpose to assist states and local communities develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities to primarily serve low-moderate income people. The City of Lewiston is a recipient of this funding and is designated as an Entitlement Community by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This designation means that Lewiston is assured funding each year directly from the federal appropriations.
As an Entitlement Community, HUD requires citizen participation to develop a 5-year Consolidated Plan that articulates the goals and objectives that are important to the City. These goals and objectives become the funding priorities for each annual funding allocation during the Consolidated Plan period. Consolidated Plan 2020-2024 was adopted by the Lewiston City Council in May 2020. A copy of the plan is available for viewing below.
The City of Lewiston’s CDBG Citizens Advisory Review Committee is currently scheduled to hold a ZOOM Public Meeting on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
The link for the public to join this meeting as attendees is www.lewistonmaine.gov/2021CDBG
Members of the public and community groups are invited to attend to express their views concerning proposals for the Community Development Block Grant Program for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. For additional information, please call the Community Development Office at 513-3126, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
About the Consolidated Plan
The City of Lewiston receives federal funding through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). Under the CPD Program, the City receives funding from two grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Combined these grants provide funding of approximately $1.1 million annually.
Every five years, the City is required to assess affordable housing market conditions and community development needs so as to make strategic decisions about how to best invest CPD funds. The Mayor appoints citizen members, known as the Citizen Advisory Board (CAC), to be representative of the community and to assist in identifying community priorities and developing specific goals and objectives to achieve those goals. The broader public is also invited to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the CDBG and HOME programs.
The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans which provide a summary of the activities and identify the federal and non-federal funding resources that will address the priorities identified in the City’s Consolidated Plan. Each year the City prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to report on the achievements made that year toward goals identified in the Consolidated Plan.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Plan
As an Entitlement Community, the City of Lewiston is required, every five years, to submit a Consolidated Plan that describes how CDBG funds will be spent. CDBG funds can be used to capitalize commercial loan and grant programs; support housing loan programs; provide project specific support that will leverage new private sector investment that will expand economic opportunity; and support specific projects that will leverage investment in the rehabilitation or creation of affordable housing, the removal of blight, and the provision of a suitable living environment. The City will utilize a percentage of the funds for administrative costs associated with implementation of the program. In developing the Consolidated Plan, the involvement and input of citizens, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties is important throughout the process.
2020-2024 Consolidated Plan The 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan was approved by the Lewiston City Council in May 2020.
About the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
The Citizen Advisory Committee is one of the ways to ensure that our citizens are involved and have a voice in determining how each year's CDBG allocation is spent. Its role is to evaluate all requests for funding and then make a recommendation to the City Council on how the CDBG funds are to be spent.
Committee members are appointed by the Mayor to two-year terms coinciding with the calendar year. This seven-person Committee includes one Lewiston City Councilor, one representative from the homeless community, a person representing the immigrant/refugee community, at least two residents from the City’s low/moderate income population in Census Tracts 201-204, and the remaining residents from the community at large. The Committee is staffed by the Economic and Community Development Department.
Meetings of the Citizen Advisory Committee will be held by ZOOM to review and discuss applications submitted for funding FFY 21 beginning in February and March. To receive text and/or email notices of upcoming meetings, please visit the City of Lewiston's Notify Me page and sign up to be notified. It's listed as "CDBG Meetings" under the Calendar sub-heading on that page.
Agendas are available in the Economic and Community Development Department, Third Floor City Hall, prior to the scheduled meeting, as well as at the below links.